Georgia NAACP and JUSTGeorgia Coalition Hosts Press Conference to Address State of Emergency

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Crystal Greer / communications@naacpga.org


ATLANTA, GA (May 31, 2020) -- Georgia NAACP will be holding a press conference along with the JUSTGeorgia Coalition Sunday, May, 31, 2020, 12 P.M. EST at the Liberty County Plaza in Atlanta, GA. The press conference will address the arrests, recent uprisings, our demands, and our call to action. The message is clear, #WeAreDoneDying. This State of Emergency has caused police to behave in a way that is putting more lives in jeopardy. This uprising has been a result of the inabilities of elected officials to ensure proper judgment necessary to arrest, indict, and convict officers who repeatedly murder innocent, unarmed Black bodies.


As if the global pandemic was not enough harm on the Black and Brown community, we now have to endure the pain and hurt from the grim displays of modern lynching going viral every week. As the community grieves from the loss of their loved ones from COVID-19 and at the hands of law enforcement, Georgia NAACP and JUSTGeorgia Coalition will continue to be the ones on the ground working directly with families to ensure civil and human rights in our efforts in policy and advocacy.


"We are deeply disturbed by the inaction that has come in the wake of the deaths of countless African- Americans in the state and are calling for swift and immediate action to resolve every single demand that we have outlined here. Two local college students were violently detained in a way that highlights the urgency for us to save Black lives," stated the Georgia NAACP President, Reverend James Woodall.


Amari Fennoy, Georgia NAACP President of the Youth & College states her response to the arrests of the two college students, "As the Youth & College President of the Georgia NAACP and a Spelman College Alumna, it is extremely heartbreaking to see two AUC students get violently dragged out of their car. This is the type of policing that has sparked many protests everywhere. We are demanding change and we receive this through changing the systemic issues through policy and advocacy. "


WHAT: Press Conference


WHERE: Liberty Plaza 200-252 Capitol Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30334

Facebook Live @ www.facebook.com/www.naacpga.org


WHEN: Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 9:00 A.M. PST/ 12 P.M. EST


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About Georgia NAACP

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has had an unbroken presence in Georgia since 1917. The Georgia NAACP maintains a network of branches throughout Georgia, from cities to small rural counties. The Georgia NAACP has been the most effective and consistent advocates for African American civil rights in Georgia. You can read more about the Georgia NAACP’s work and mission at naacpga.org.


About JUSTGeorgia Coalition

We are a collective of Georgia organizations, activists, faith leaders, attorneys and justice-seeking community members. We believe that the killing of Ahmaud Arbery was the result of decades of systemic harm against Black Georgians. We hold two truths: (1) that many in our communities want to see that the killers of Ahmaud Arbery are accountable for the trauma they have inflicted on an entire community and (2) that our contributions must better equip Georgians to respond to the multiple systemic ills inflicting violence on our communities on a daily basis. You can read more about the JUSTGeorgia Coalition's work, call to action, and demands at www.just-georgia.org.





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